17 Days
Duration
Min 3, Max 12
Group Size
Daily breakfast and lunch, 8 dinners
Meals
3/10
Physical Activities

Get off the beaten track to visit natural wonders and incredible sites from antiquity, and experience Iranian culture and cuisine on this mid-length tour.

START Tehran, Iran
FINISH Tehran, Iran
TRANSPORT Private Mini Bus
ACCOMMODATION (double/twin) Hotel 3&4 star, Traditional Home Stay

INCLUDED IN QUOTED PRICE


  • Iranian visa invitation letter with reference number issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Inbound and outbound airport transfers
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
  • Entrance fees to various sites as per itinerary
  • Daily breakfast
  • Shiraz-Tehran domestic flight

EXTRAS


  • Tips – driver and guide
  • Meals where not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for sites not mentioned in the itinerary

Salam! Welcome to Tehran. Our representative will meet you at IKA airport and arrange the transfer to your hotel. You’ll have the chance to meet and get to know your tour guide and fellow travellers at the tour briefing and welcome dinner.

Overnight Tehran Enghelab

We head into downtown Tehran to visit the National Museum of Iran. Some of its exhibits date back 35,000 years. We’ll also see the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Golestan Palace, wander through the Grand Bazaar and marvel at some of the world’s most stunning jewellery at the Treasury of National Jewels.

Overnight Tehran Enghelab 4 star breakfast & lunch

Today we drive to the foothills of the Alborz mountain range to visit Alamut Village and Alamut Castle. This mountain fortress was the home of the legendary Assassins, followers of Hassan Sabah for whom they were named.

Overnight Gazor Khan Village Local house breakfast, lunch & dinner

We take the road to beautiful Masouleh. Founded in the 10th century AD and built into the side of a mountain at 1,050 meters above sea level, the town features unique architecture and a surrounding landscape of great beauty.

Overnight Masouleh Local house breakfast & lunch

A free morning to explore Masouleh on foot, followed by a scenic drive to Qualeh Rudkhan (“Rudkhan Castle”). Built on two peaks of a mountain, the castle covers an area of 2.6 hectares (6.4 acres). Its 42 watchtowers remain intact and no attacker ever managed to breach it. We continue to Shazdeh Ebrahim village for the night.

Overnight Shazdeh Ebrahm Local house breakfast, lunch & dinner

Today we visit the imposing Dome of Soltanieh, one of the largest brick domes in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It took 10 years to build and has been described as “anticipating the Taj Mahal.”

Overnight Shirin Village Local House breakfast, lunch & dinner

We leave in the morning to visit the Katale Khor cave. Katale Khor means “mount of the sun”. The cave was formed during the Jurassic Period but was only discovered around 90 years ago. Three kilometres of the cave system are open to the public. In the afternoon, we drive to Hamedan.

Overnight Hamedan Bou Ali 4 star breakfast & lunch

Ali Sadr Cave is the world’s largest water cave, containing artworks dating back 12,000 years. On return to Hamedan, we’ll visit the tombs of the 10th century philosopher, Avenna and the 11th century poet, Baba Taher. We move on to the 10th century Dome of Alavian, famed for its carved stucco work and finish the day with a visit to the tomb of the biblical Queen Esther and her cousin, Mordechai, Iran’s most important Jewish pilgrimage site.

Overnight Hamedan Bou Ali 4 star breakfast & lunch

Known for its orchards and flower—especially rose—distilleries, Niasar is a green haven in the desert. We visit the Niasar Waterfall, Soleiman Spring and the magnificent, hand-cut local caves in the afternoon. (The rose gardens can be visited from early April to mid-June.)

Overnight Niasar Local house breakfast, lunch & dinner

We take a short drive to Kashan for a full-day tour visiting Iran’s oldest garden; the stunning Agha Bozorg Mosque; and the 4,000 year-old archaeological site of Tepe Sialk. We’ll also see Borujerdi House, an excellent example of Persian desert-vicinity architecture. We continue to Abyaneh for the night.

Overnight Abyaneh Local house breakfast & lunch

We begin the day with a walking tour of Abyaneh Village, one of the oldest settlements in Iran and characterised by the reddish hue of its rock. In the afternoon we continue on to amazing Isfahan, in time for an evening walk from Si-o-she Pol (Thirty Three Bridges) to Khajou Bridge

Overnight Isfahan Piroozy 4 star breakfast & dinner

Our touring day starts by visiting the Safavid emperors’ palaces of Chehel Sotoun (“The Palace of Forty Columns”), Hasht-Behesht (“The Palace of Eight Paradises”) and Aali Qapu (“The Royal Palace”). Then we amble through the World Heritage-listed Naqsh-e Jahan Square to the Imam and Sheikh Lotfollah mosques before heading to the Armenian district of Jolfa for a tour of Vank Cathedral.

Overnight Isfahan Piroozy 4 star breakfast, lunch & dinner

The architectural style of the castle in the Izadkhast Complex is unique. We’ll stop to explore it and learn more about its bloody history. Then we’ll continue on to Bazm Village for a memorable night’s stay in a traditional nomadic house.

We start our day with a short drive to the Pasargard Complex. This World Heritage-listed archeological site contains early Achaemenid Palaces and the tomb of Cyrus the Great, founder of the Achaemenid Empire. We continue on to another World Heritage Site: Persepolis, the ancient capital of the Achaemenid Empire, with palaces and temples dating back to 515 BC. We’ll also visit the awe-inspiring Naqsh-e Rostam Inscriptions before heading to Shiraz.

Overnight Shiraz Karimkhan boutique breakfast & lunch

We have a busy day in store! We begin at the World Heritage-listed “Garden of Paradise”, Bagh-e Eram, then move on to Nasir al-Mulk Mosque and Narenjestan-e Qavam (“Qavam’s Orange Garden”). Then we visit Arg-e Karimkhani, and the Shah Cheragh (“King of the Light”) Mausoleum. Finally, we’ll visit the last resting places of two of Iran’s greatest poets: Hafezieh, the tomb of Hafez, and Sa’dieh, the tomb of Sa’adi. We transfer to Shiraz Airport for an evening flight to Tehran.

Overnight Tehran Enghelab 4 star breakfast & lunch

Another full day of sightseeing. We’ll visit the 19the century Sa’d Abad Palace, built by the Qajan monarchs; the stately Niavaran Palace Complex; and wander through the Tajrish Bazaar, set in one of the oldest parts of the city. We’ll celebrate with a farewell dinner in Darband.

Overnight Tehran Enghelab 4 star breakfast, lunch & dinner

The tour concludes after breakfast, when you’ll be transferred to IKA Airport for your flight home. Khoda hafez—goodbye. We wish you a safe journey!

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 3 reviews
July 16, 2018

I felt my tour with NZ Travel and Tour to Iran was very thorough. I felt that I was exposed to a wide range of activities and different aspects of the country and the culture.

July 16, 2018

Take the plunge, experience and enjoy this beautiful country while it is still in its early days of tourism!!

As a woman travelling in Iran I had absolutely no concerns about feeling unsafe, threatened or uncomfortable during the four weeks we were there.  Of course, I was looked at by both men and woman probably because I appear to be of a different ethnicity to an Iranian and the fact that I was obviously a tourist – with the camera hanging around my neck all the time, but it appeared to be looks of interest and curiosity rather than making one feel uncomfortable.  We were both approached many times by men, woman and children to talk – to practice their English, to enquire about what country we came from, what we thought of Iran, to discuss different cultures.  We really enjoyed these interactions.   
We chose to carry with us all our US$ rather than obtaining a debit card and likewise, never felt concerned about carrying too much cash, pick pockets or having our bags/belongings stolen in Iran.  And one thing that I often tell people back here in NZ…………”I felt safer in Iran than I do here in NZ!!”

July 16, 2018

We, of course, encourage everyone to visit Iran, and would strongly recommend the NZ Travel and Tour as we had a fantastic experience with your tour.
The three outstanding highlights (memories) of our tour with NZ Travel and Tour were:
Mehdi’s enthusiasm about doing his best for the guests. He would go out of his way to achieve it.
B. Staying in traditional accommodation in desert was certainly a highlight. Good food, entertainment and program.
Visiting Check-check was fantastic, and a highlight.

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